Reflexive experiments in upstream engagement towards sustainability
As the effects of climate change is becoming increasingly visible scientific and technological development is often seen as a key component in political action towards future sustainability. Historically, however, it is not evident that science and technology per se lead to sustainable solutions. To address this aspect of the challenge of sustainable development, this paper examines whether new approaches to upstream engagement in science and technology can further knowledge channels between academia and local communities, which can inspire more contextualised modes of knowledge production. Building on the insights from critical theory; newer conceptualisations of knowledge production; and the experiences from the Citizen Science for Sustainability action research programme, a number of principles towards more reflexive forms of community based public engagement in science and technology are proposed.
Upstream engagement; Public participation; Critical theory; Mode-2 science; Action research; Citizen Science for Sustainability; SuScit
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<em> </em>9th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference (NESS): Knowledge, learning and action for sustainability., 2009